Published Online: 15 JAN 2013
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Encyclopedia of Environmetrics
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Johnson, G. W. 2013. Environmental Forensics . Encyclopedia of Environmetrics. 2.
- Published Online: 15 JAN 2013
Environmental forensics is the scientific evaluation of environmental data for the purposes of evaluation of the history and sources of environmental contamination. Forensics investigations are often conducted in legal rather than purely academic context. Scientific methods that may be used in such studies are large and diverse: limited only by relevance to the problem at hand, and the degree to which the method has proved reliable and has been accepted within the scientific community. Several common data analysis methods that have seen extensive use in forensic studies are principal components analysis, receptor models, and simple graphical displays such as concentration maps.
- principal components analysis;
- chemical fingerprinting;
- receptor models;